Intl students find immersion in Chinese sports games
Updated: 2017-09-14

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Nzeyimana Dieudonne from Burundi rolls an iron hoop at an amateur competition on traditional Chinese games on Sept 10. It was organized by the Shanghai municipal sports bureau to enhance foreigner students understanding of China. [Photo/sus.edu.cn]

Overseas students from Shanghai University of Sports were amazed at traditional Chinese physical exercises as they struggled to find dexterity at an amateur competition organized by the Shanghai municipal sports bureau on Sept 10.

The competition featured sports games once popular in China. Among them were whipping a top, hopscotch, skipping and dancing over rubber bands.

Nzeyimana Dieudonne from Burundi showed great interest in rolling hoops, or guntiequan (滚铁圈) in Chinese. The seemingly simple game, which one uses a bamboo stick to drive the iron rings, is an integrated requirement of the player's speed and balance.

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An overseas student from Shanghai University of Sport plays hopscotch. [Photo/sus.edu.cn]

Dieudonne delighted spectators with a fierce competition; he was among the third to cross the finishing line. His deftness, as well as proficient Chinese, also won him wide recognition from the spectators.

"I'm glad to be in third place; I also cherish the opportunity to learn more about Chinese people's lives and improve my Chinese proficiency," the Burundian said.

The Shanghai University of Sport has been encouraging overseas students to actively engage in various city-level activities, such as the dragon boat race, an annual event initiated by the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission to celebrate the traditional Dragon Boat Festival and broaden the horizon of overseas students.

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Overseas students pose for a photo with their certificates. [Photo/sus.edu.cn]

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